REVIEW: Earnest (Fractious Tash and Last Tapes Theatre Company)

August 29, 2014
Earnest goes Wilde [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] It’s interesting that The Importance of Being Earnest is often performed as a ‘straight’ interpretation, which is ironic given the gay essence of the closeted homosexual playwright’s well-known work. And to be honest a key reason I was keen to see this version was its premise of a fresh innovative take […]

REVIEW: The Glass Menagerie (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 20, 2013
A precious piece [by Matt Baker] The Glass Menagerie is a magical play. From the opening Brechtian monologue, to the blatant symbolism and dialogue surrounding the titular menagerie, playwright Tennessee Williams does not shy away from using a light theatrical shroud to expose truths. It would be easy to rely on these conventions and consequentially not find the true weight in […]

REVIEW: RED (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 8, 2011
 “What do you see?” [by James Wenley] I’ve started with a quote. “What do you see?” It’s the first line of RED by John Logan (he of Gladiator and The Aviator fame) , presented by the prestigious Auckland Theatre Company, starring theatre luminary Michael Hurst and directed  by Mr. Oliver Driver. Sterling credentials all. “What do you see?” says Hurst […]

REVIEW: Mary Stuart (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 9, 2011
Two Queens, two kingdoms [by Sharu Delilkan] With the recent revelry to mark the British Royals tying their nuptials I wasn’t surprised that The Maidment Theatre’s foyer was packed to the gunnels when we arrived. But I soon realised it was because there were two sets of audiences in the house – those gearing up for the NZ International Comedy […]